Mt. Hood National Forest provides drinking water to one-third of all Oregonians and 98% of the Forest is the source of municipal water supplies. As a source of drinking and agricultural water, fish habitat, recreation opportunities, and energy production, appropriate management of this resource is critical to the well-being of Oregon's population and ecosystems. |
This vital resource faces myriad threats ranging from climate change to a crumbling roads system and is the focus of much restoration work.
Roads and Rivers: Ecological and Policy Imperatives
Mary Scurlock, Policy Director
Mary Scurlock, JD., is Pacific Rivers Council's Policy Director and a graduate of Duke University and the Boston University School of Law. For 20 years, Mary has worked to develop policy positions on key forest management issues affecting freshwater ecosystems. She has pushed for federal appropriations to conduct watershed restoration under the Northwest Forest Plan, stronger aquatic conservation policies on federal lands in the interior West, and full implementation of the Endangered Species Act on state and private industrial forestlands.
Mary's current work includes efforts to fund road remediation and removal on federal lands, scrutiny of the legal and ecological rationales for thinning in riparian forests, and a critical analysis of the aquatic policies governing national forests of the Sierra Nevada.
Forest Thinning in Riparian Reserves: When does vegetation management benefit aquatic and riparian resources?
Chris Frissell, Director of Science and Conservation
Chris Frissell is Senior Scientist and Director of Science and Conservation for the Pacific Rivers Council. His degrees include a Masters and Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University, where he studied the influences of land use and forest management on salmon and other fishes. He has held faculty appointments at Oregon State and The University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station.
His research concerns include the cumulative environmental effects of landscape development, climate change, and other natural and human factors on streams and rivers, and the conservation biology and restoration ecology of native fishes and amphibians.
Protecting Freshwater Resources in Mt Hood National Forest: Draft Recommendations for Policy Change.
John Persell, Mt. Hood Restoration Policy Coordinator
John Persell is Mt. Hood Restoration Policy Coordinator for Pacific Rivers Council and Bark. John earned his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2008 and completed the Environmental and Natural Resources Law LL.M. program at Lewis and Clark Law School in 2009. Growing up in northern Minnesota, John developed a strong commitment to the conservation of ecosystems.
Following a year at the Wyoming-based Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, John is glad to now be focused on Mt. Hood National Forest. John enjoys frequent visits to the Forest and the Columbia River Gorge and made his first trek to Mt. Hood's summit this past June.
Report back from the Bark website:
The 2011 Mt. Hood Solutions Summit was a great success! The Summit was attended by a diverse array of folks from all sides of the mountain including water management professionals, representatives of numerous governmental entities, tribal representatives, leaders in non-profit led water protection, and more.
We got a great overview on how Mt. Hood manages water from our recently retired Forest Supervisor; heard about the incredible work of multiple watershed counsels;
learned about opportunities and challenges faced by both municipal water providers and irrigation districts;
considered issues and policies surrounding old forest roads;
heard the latest science on riparian thinning; discussed draft recommendations from our soon to be released water white paper;
and had great discussions in our break-out sessions.
Many thanks to all of those who joined us: the excellent presentations by our speakers and the enthusiasm of our participants made for a great event. We apologize to those who we had to turn away due to venue capacity being limited to 80 participants, but we hope you will be able to join us for future events.
You can find pictures of the event on our flickr page.
Power point presentations and Summit documents are attached to this article below.
For speaker biographies, click here.
For more information about the 2011 Mt. Hood Solutions Summit or the Restore Mt. Hood Campaign, contact us at 503-331-0374.
Bark's Restore Mt. Hood Campaign works to shift Mt. Hood National Forest towards management for clean cold water, wildlife, and quiet recreation. As part of the campaign, Bark and the Pacific Rivers Council will be publishing white papers on water, wildlife, and quiet recreation.
The 2011 Solutions Summit gave the community an opportunity to come together and provide feedback on some of the Water White Paper's draft recommendations for improving the management of the Mt. Hood's water. This feedback will be incorporated into both the recommendations and plans for implementing them.
Please stay tuned to the Bark website as this process unfolds; we can't wait to start putting some of our great ideas into motion!